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Southwood prepares for state finals showdown

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com The Southwood boys’ basketball team has summited many peaks this postseason. Tomorrow, they’ll attempt to climb one last hill in hopes of capturing the first state title for the school since 2002. After

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Cook to join Manchester University

KICKING ON: Maconaquah senior Michael Cook (C) recently opted to continue his soccer playing days at the collegiate level by joining the Manchester University Men’s program for the 2018-19 school year. With Cook are (L to R) father Clinton, mother Angela and Indy Premier coach Kyle Roach.

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com Off the back of a strong senior season, Maconaquah’s Michael Cook decided he needed to find a place to keep playing at the collegiate level. Manchester University was the place that made sense for Cook as the Braves for

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Oak Hill takes second shot at state title

GOLDEN CLASS: Oak Hill seniors player from left: Spencer Ballinger (23), Tyce Frank (25), Caleb Middlesworth(behind) and David Arens (35) during the second half of semistate game against Westview in Huntington North.

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com MIER  — When Oak Hill boys’ basketball coach Kevin Renbarger and his staff began looking at film on Forest Park for Saturday’s Class 2A state championship game, they may have experienced some d

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Turnaround on the cards for Maconaquah baseball

THE DANCE: Maconaquah’s Hunter Hays (L) tries to maneuver around the tag of pitcher Ethan Larason (R) during a drill at a recent practice. Larason returns after being the only Brave to knock in double-digit runs last season while Hays will be back in the outfield after serving as an emergency catcher for a stretch of the 2017 season.

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com Seemingly no matter how close a game was last season, Maconaquah’s baseball team found a way not to win it. A senior-less Braves squad lurched to a 3-19-1 record overall with a 2-7 mark in TRC play. The good news for Ma

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Golden Eagles get first takes of Bankers Life

EAGLES: Oak Hill’s Caleb Middlesworth works through a shooting drill during the Golden Eagles’ practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Tuesday. Oak Hill will meet Forest Park at 12:45 p.m. Saturday for the Class 2A state championship game.

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com INDIANAPOLIS — The week leading up to a boys state basketball championship game is anything but normal. No matter how hard coaches may try, keeping the normal routine is somewhat impossible. That’s just f

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Peru aims for third TRC title, better postseason results

FIELD AGENT: Peru sophomore Duante Majors strides out to reach a grounder during a recent practice. Majors, who started as a freshman in center field and shortstop, will see more time at the latter spot this season as the Tigers look to retain their TRC title and find postseason success this season.

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com A year after being unable to secure the TRC baseball title outright, Peru wouldn’t make the same mistake in the 2017 season. The 13-9 Tigers finished with an 8-1 mark in conference play to ensure a second-straight TRC t

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Maconaquah working with revamped lineup, new coach

STEPPING IN: Maconaquah freshman Brooke Borden fires over a serve during a recent practice session. Borden is among several Braves that will look to make a mark on the varsity squad this season with four slotsin the lineup up for grabs ahead of the 2018 season.

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com With a solidified singles and No. 1 doubles lineup in 2017, Maconaquah had a solid girls’ tennis season, finishing 10-7 overall and 3-4 in TRC play. The challenge for the Braves in 2018 will be to piece together a squad

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Bounce-back season the goal for Maconaquah after rough 2017

ROAMING: Maconaquah sophomore Carra Wolf fires away from the circle during Friday’s inter-team scrimmage. Wolf played third base for the Braves lastyear but will be getting time in the circle as the team looks to rebound from a 2-19 2017 campaign and return to a competitive level in the 2018 season.

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com For most of the 2017 softball season, Maconaquah followed two scripts during their games. Either the pitching was good and the offense couldn’t find the runs to carry the team to a win or the offense was solid and the p

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